Published: March 5, 2020 8:00:44 pm
It was double delight for captain Harmanpreet Kaur as India entered their maiden T20 World Cup closing and in attendance, for the first time in her worldwide profession, have been her parents.
An unbeaten run in the group stage propelled India into the ultimate after their last-four conflict in opposition to England was washed out in Sydney on Thursday. The Harmanpreet-led staff progressed by advantage of topping their group in the round-robin stage of the event whereas England have been ousted as that they had completed second in their pool.
“It was the first time they were going to watch me playing cricket since my dad did when I was in school, and my mother has never watched me play cricket,” Harmanpreet mentioned on the post-match convention.
“They wanted to see today’s game, but unfortunately, they didn’t get to watch. It means a lot because from day one I wanted them to watch me playing cricket and today I got this opportunity. They have come here to watch all of us playing, and I hope we get all support from all the parents and try to win this tournament.”
Her parents will stay in Australia to observe India play in the ultimate on the iconic MCG, which is able to happen on her 31st birthday.
After the deserted match, the India skipper thought scheduling a reserve day for the semifinals could be an important concept.
“Unfortunate we didn’t get a game, but there are rules and we have to follow it. Having reserve days in the future will be a great idea,” she mentioned.
India entered the semifinals with a 100 p.c win file, having crushed hosts Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Group A, and Harmanpreet mentioned the staff knew the significance of successful all matches from the start.
“From day one, we knew we have to win all the games because in case the semis don’t happen, that would be hard for us. In that sense, credit to the team for winning all the games,” she added.
It will probably be India’s first-ever look in the ultimate of the ladies’s T20 World Cup, having fallen brief in 2009, 2010 and 2018.
The skipper is relishing being a part of the showpiece and feels it’s shaping as much as be a special day for the game as a complete. “We were hoping we’d get there because everybody’s feeling very positive about women’s cricket at the moment. We’ll get a lot of attention back home because everyone wants us to play good cricket and they’re expecting us to do well.”
“We will try to give our best. If we win, definitely we’ll get a lot of attention and a lot of love from back home. Hopefully, like we got in the 2017 World Cup Final, we’ll get a very good day for women’s cricket,” Harmanpreet concluded.
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